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on Sep. 27, 2017 :
The nature of the story shifts again with the final volume of the trilogy. While the first book was all about survival of the free nations of Iridia against the onslaught of the Triad, and the second about manoeuvring for political advantage in the aftermath of all-out war, the third leaves no time for such machinations and forces the wizards of light to take the fight to the being that is destroying their world if they are to survive.
My favourite part of the story was the interaction between two opposing wizards of light - Rubeus of the Red and Tyrian of the Violet. Both were flirting with madness – Rubeus because of the tremendous pressure he was under to fulfil the extraordinary demands of his master whom he couldn’t really trust, and Tyrian because of the loss of his beloved elves and the potential loss of the last remaining one. This caused them to act out in unexpected ways that nevertheless made sense in each specific situation.
The biggest downside of the trilogy for me was that I couldn’t relate to the main protagonist, Viridian, the Green wizard of light. He reminded me somewhat of Ged from the Earthsea saga, who was also a talented and capable wizard from a young age. But while Ged faced a life-changing crisis early on that made his arrogance evaporate to be replaced with vulnerability and struggle, Viridian’s character faced no comparable hardships and consequently underwent no significant change throughout the trilogy.
Overall, the trilogy is easy to read, being fast-paced and concise, choosing to focus on telling the story instead of embellishing the setting in which it unfolds. It gives the satisfaction of being immersed in a rich and intricate fantasy world without the bloat of wading through more than a thousand pages to get there, as is common with today’s fantasy literature.
(reviewed the day of purchase)